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Prankster Commits Errors on MLB Facebook Pages

A rogue prankster gained access to Major League Baseball’s main administrative Facebook account on Thursday, posting a series of lewd, sarcastic and false updates across the pages of multiple baseball teams.

The prank updates, first reported by Deadspin, ranged from the comical (“FREE PITBULL NIGHT at Marlins Park”) to the nasty (“Just a note: Though the handicapped are allowed to enjoy Padres games at Petco Park their attendance is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED”).

It’s unclear as to whether the account was outright hacked, or if the hijacking involved someone who already had access to the administrator account. Facebook seems be tackling the problem, as security team spokesman Frederic Wolens told AllThingsD:

“Recently, several Pages made unauthorized posts as a result of actions from a single rogue administrator of these Pages. Our team responded quickly and worked with our partners to eliminate the spam caused by this attack. This was a unique, isolated incident and we are always working to improve our systems to better protect our users and their data.”

Though it may not be completely over — the Anaheim Angels’ Facebook Page was altered as recently as 3:42 pm PT.

We’ll keep an eye on it and follow up with Facebook to see what’s behind the crazy updates.

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